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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, December 29, 2011

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As the Iowa caucuses approach, we look a little deeper at the economic policies of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. New York is threatening to strip some funding from struggling schools that don't install new systems for evaluating teachers. A hacker collective known as Anonymous stole credit card and other info from security firm Stratfor. And in today's Attitude Check, we look at how approval of Obama's economic policies stacks up to presidents of years past.

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Mitt Romney's policies in the public and private sectors

How did Mitt Romney approach business and economics as both a private businessman and as the governor of Massachusetts?
Posted In: politics, Mitt Romney, Massachusetts

McDonald's shuts down in Bolivia

Fast food chains seem to continuing popping around the globe, so why are all of the McDonald's in Bolivia actually shutting down?
Posted In: McDonald's, Bolivia, fast food

Attitude Check: Obama and the American economy

Heading into the election year, we speak to Frank Newport at Gallup about how Obama's economic policies are faring in the American public, and why the economy will be the biggest issue in 2012.
Posted In: politics, 2012 election, Gallup, Obama

Gold prices have worst month in years

After record highs earlier this year, gold prices are sharply dropping in the U.S. as people lose faith in its value.
Posted In: gold

European bond, debt issues wear on

In Greece, tax collectors are on strike to protest benefit cuts while in Italy, the government was able to borrow $9 billion to help pay for services, but banks willing to lend also demanded a high return.
Posted In: italy, Europe debt crisis, euro

Kraft product nibbling at Hamburger Helper market share

For years, Betty Crocker's Hamburger Helper dominated that market, but a new product from Kraft called Cheesy Skillet has recently started nibbling away.
Posted In: Kraft, Food

Weekly jobless numbers conflict with employment trend

The Labor Department says jobless claims were up by 15,000 last week, to 381,000. But as Richard DeKaser explains, the bigger picture still shows things looking up in the job market.
Posted In: Unemployment, weekly jobless

Plastic surgery peaks during the holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year... At least for cosmetic surgeons.
Posted In: plastic surgery, Health, holidays

PODCAST: Gold prices drop, Kraft's 'liquid gold'

As the Iowa caucuses approach, we look a little deeper at the economic policies of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. New York is threatening to strip some funding from struggling schools that don't install new systems for evaluating teachers. A hacker collective known as Anonymous stole credit card and other info from security firm Stratfor. And in today's Attitude Check, we look at how approval of Obama's economic policies stacks up to presidents of years past.
Posted In: gold, weekly jobless, Kraft, Samoa

Jobless picture slowly improving in U.S.

The number of people applying for unemployment rose slightly last week, but the monthly average fell to its lowest level since 2008.
Posted In: weekly jobless, Unemployment

BP oil engineers could face felony charges

The U.S. government could soon bring criminal charges against some BP employees in the company's huge 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Posted In: BP, Oil, oil companies, legal

Mid-day Extra: Calendars still selling in 2012, and beyond

While many Americans now do their scheduling on computers and smart phones, the printed calendar business is far from obsolete in 2012.
Posted In: calendar, smart phones

New York schools could lose millions

New York threatens to strip some funding from struggling schools that don't install new systems for evaluating teachers. As states roll out new evaluation systems, teachers and administrators are often at odds over how to measure good teaching.
Posted In: Education

'Anonymous' hackers expose weak computer passwords

A hacker collective known as Anonymous stole credit card and other info from security firm Stratfor. Here's the lesson for our own online security.
Posted In: anonymous, hacking

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